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Arthur Kingshott

One of the later emigrants to Canada was the family of Arthur Kingshott who was born in the Sussex village of Trotton in 1869. His parents were James Kingshott and Emma Turner and Arthur was the fourth of eight children.


By the time of the 1881 census Arthur's father had moved his his family to a place called Piper's Farm in the village of Didling, some 4.5 miles away from Trotton. Arthur was still at school at this time, but in common with most working class boys was not looking forward to a high-powered career, but a life working in and around the farms of Sussex.


Around 1892, Arthur's father died and he took over the running of Piper's Farm. He was left to look after his mother and sisters. He was still there at the time of the 1901 census, married and with one son.


This photograph shows the countryside that Arthur farmed. It is taken from Piper's Farm, looking towards Didling Hill.

Photo used by kind permission of John Barrett

By the time of the 1911 census, Arthur had sold Piper's Farm and was living in Littlehampton. He was working as a coal merchant and dairyman. He had been busy keeping the Kingshott name alive for future generations and had had another four children, making a total of five. Things were clearly not going as well as he had hoped, so Arthur decided to take his family and try his luck in Canada.

Arthur and Isabel Kingshott

Arthur, his wife Isabel and the children sailed out to Canada on the Allen Line steamer SS Virginian which departed Liverpool on 21st July 1911 and arrived in Montreal, Quebec on 9th August 1911. He eventually settled in a place called Orangeville, Ontario.

Once in Canada, Arthur continued in the Dairy business and his son, Frederick Kingshott, set up the Kingshott Creamery Company in Orangeville, Ontario. I am interested in finding out a bit more about this business, and the later family, and would be very interested to hear from anyone with any knowledge.


This photograph shows the Kingshott Creamery premises.

The photograph below shows one of the Company's trucks, dated about 1938 which I found on the Archives of Canada.

The following photograph shows one of the milk churns used by the company. If you look closely, you can see the name "Kingshott" emblazoned on the side.

Frederick Kingshott eventually moved back the England, settling in Eastbourne where the family can still be found. My thanks go to Avril Kingshott, great granddaughter of Arthur Kingshott, for her assistance with this page.


The family group sheet for this family is shown here. If you are related to this family, I would be very pleased to hear from you. A brief mention is made of Arthur's brother, Alfred James Kingshott, at the bottom of the page here . Alfred emigrated to Australia, and sadly died from a snake bite some years later. 


Arthur Kingshott was my 5th cousin three times removed.

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